RHINELANDER - Readers of Wisconsin Outdoor News magazine could find two different writings by local students in their latest issue.
Both are by eighth graders at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander.
Tyler Fredrick won first prize in a statewide poetry competition for his poem, "The Message of Winter".
The project started as a joint assignment from his eighth grade teachers.
"I was kind of thinking, hey, this would be cool to enter. Chances are I probably won't win, but it would be pretty cool if I did win," Tyler said.
The contest challenged students to write poems or prose about outdoor experiences.
Tyler took first prize statewide.
"I live in Rhinelander. It's really cold here. I might as well do winter. That's how I came up with 'The Message of Winter'," he said.
"Tyler's writing really stood out in the fact that he had all of the types of figurative language - similies, metaphors, personification. It was a really neat representation of what we've been doing in class," said eighth grade English teacher Karie Blemke.
Rhinelander eighth grader Grace Payfer took second prize in the prose division with her work, "Springtime's Gift".
She wrote about her family's tradition of collecting maple sap in the woods.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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